Incident Transavia PL-12 Airtruk VH-TRJ, Sunday 17 January 1971
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Date:Sunday 17 January 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic PL12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Transavia PL-12 Airtruk
Owner/operator:Hazair Agricultural Services (Albury) Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-TRJ
MSN: 703
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Tumbarumba, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Tumbarumba, NSW
Destination airport:Tumbarumba, NSW
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft was being flown at 100 feet above the ground for the purpose of spreading superphosphate. The terrain was hilly and varied in nature from heavily timbered to open paddocks with scattered shade trees. The aircraft was on the last run of a sortie and the hopper load had been almost completely discharged when the engine suddenly ceased to develop power. The pilot gained what height was possible and made a brief check of the engine controls and instruments but he was unable to diagnose the cause of the engine failure. He searched for a place to land and realised that the only area offering a chance of success was to his right and slightly ahead, but very close. He selected full flap and made an approach but noticed, as he neared the field, that the speed was higher than normal for a glide approach. The touchdown was satisfactory but the pilot was unable to stop the aircraft before it ran through a fence and into a tree lined creek. The aircraft remained upright and there was no fire. The entrance door was distorted and jammed and the pilot evacuated the aircraft through the area of the broken windscreen. The total length of the field was 800 feet.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

6 September 1973 VH-TRJ Hazair Agricultural Industries (Albury) Pty Ltd 1 Warrawee Station, Swan Vale, NSW sub

Revision history:

28-Jul-2018 10:35 Pineapple Added
08-Feb-2022 23:24 Ron Averes Updated [Cn]

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